Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

exhume

Definition:(verb) Dig up for reburial or for medical investigation; of dead bodies.
Synonyms:disinter
Usage: Hoping to uncover evidence of foul play, the police chief ordered that the body be exhumed.
Article of the Day

Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo is an archaeological site containing Anglo-Saxon burial mounds from the 6th and 7th centuries. In 1939, the remains of an approximately 90-ft (27-m) burial ship were found there, with gold and silver treasures fit for a king—but no body. The artifacts displayed both pagan and Christian features and immediately drew comparisons with Swedish finds and the world described in the heroic poem Beowulf. Who is thought to have been buried in the ship, and what happened to his remains? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Iwo Jima Begins (1945)

The island of Iwo Jima is only 8 sq mi (21 sq km) in area, but when US forces attacked the Japanese air base there during WWII, it became the site of one of the most severe campaigns of the war. More than 21,000 Japanese troops and nearly 7,000 Americans died in the clashes. A photograph of US marines raising the American flag over Iwo Jima's Mt. Suribachi has since become one of the most famous images of the war. What was the US operation in Iwo Jima called? More...
Today's Birthday

André Breton (1896)

Breton was a French writer, critic, and editor. In 1919, he helped found the Dadaist review Littérature. Influenced by psychiatry and the Symbolist movement, he wrote poetry using the automatic-writing technique. In 1924, his Manifeste du surréalismeSurrealist Manifesto—provided a definition of Surrealism as "pure psychic automatism." In 1938, he penned the manifesto Pour un art révolutionnaire indépendant with what one-time commander of the Red Army? More...
Quotation of the Day
Flattery is the worst and falsest way of showing our esteem.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

a free bit of advice

A suggestion, opinion, or piece of advice that was unrequested or unsolicited by the recipient. More...
Today's Holiday

Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

On February 19, 1942, Japanese bomber and fighter planes conducted a devastating air raid on the town of Darwin, the capital city of Australia's Northern Territory. As a tribute to honor the dead and those who defended Darwin, an annual commemoration is held in Bicentennial Park by the Cenotaph, a monument to those slain in World War I. At 9:58 AM, the exact time the attack began, a World War II air raid siren sounds. During some observances, Australian regiments will reenact the attack: ground units fire their guns, and fighter planes perform fly-bys over the memorial site. More...
In the News

Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk Approved for This Summer

Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of the family of circus performers known as the Flying Wallendas, will attempt a tightrope walk over Niagara Falls this summer. He secured American approval last September and got Canada's approval earlier this week, meaning he is now cleared to move forward with the stunt. To deter copycats, the Niagara Parks Commission also passed a motion limiting stunts of this sort to once every 20 years. Though other tightrope walkers have crossed further down the gorge, Wallenda will be the first to attempt a crossing directly over the falls. More...
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